Eamar Stockport 2
The scheme was designed by Stephenson Studio

Stockport resi tower lined up for consent  

Daniel Whelan

Eamar Developments, the Saudi Arabian owner of Stockport’s distinctive Pyramid office building, is to be granted consent for an 18-storey, 98-home scheme on a different site between Piccadilly and Fletcher Street. 

The 22,000 sq ft site, located opposite the 11-storey Regal House apartment block close to St Peter’s Church in Stockport, is currently used as a car park. 

Of the 98 apartments, 43 would have one bedroom, 40 would have two and eight would have three bedrooms.  

There would be 7,500 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor and seven three-bedroom townhouses running along the Fletcher Street side of the site, as well as public realm improvements led by landscape architect Re-Form.   

A report to Stockport Council’s planning committee, which will meet to discuss the proposals on Thursday, said: “The proposed development will make a significant contribution to helping Stockport meet its housing needs at a time of significant under-supply on a sustainable, accessible, brownfield site in the town centre.” 

Eamar’s scheme, designed by architect Stephenson Studio, is the latest Saudi Arabian investment in the town. The kingdom’s Majdiah Residence is bringing forward a £15m project to convert the grade two-listed Meadow Mill close to Portwood roundabout into 213 apartments, and work is expected to complete next May.  

Eamar, which bought the Pyramid building close to the M60 in Stockport from the Cooperative Bank for £4.5m last year, has assembled a project team that includes heritage consultant Cotswold Archaeology, M&E consultant Dice Consulting and Acoustic Engineer BWB Consulting. 

Croft is the transport consultant, Curtins Consulting carried out site investigation, and Delta-Simons consulted on air quality. The energy consultant for the scheme is Couch Perry Wilkes, the tree surveyor is TPM Landscape and Arcaero is the wind engineer.

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That this tower looks ugly in the render is a very worrying sign. By all means build tall but it should also be quality. The fact that these things tend to get value engineered as they approach construction means this is the very best it is going to look! I think it will end up being a blot on the landscape.

By Chris

Stockport making the same mistakes as Manchester

By PDM

Never going to stack. This is why development should be a regulated profession.

By Unviable

The Halle extension was so tasteful, this is meh…..

By Rich X

Looks good. A lot more of this please.

By Gethin

Agreed. For that height , it’s not going to stack unless there is economy of scale

By Clearly

This site, and any development proposed on it, should carry a health warning. Has no one though about the vehicular pollution not only of tyres and engines but also the noise?

By Christopher J Green

Thank you for your comment Christopher. Please could I just check – is the site you’re questioning the Pyramid site? If so, this is not the site this story relates to. Thank you, Sarah

By Sarah Townsend

Stockport Council is obviously hellbent on getting another Carbuncle Award.

By Dolly

What an eyesore! Where it’s being situated is for ‘Business or Civil’ buildings, not a horrendous, out-of-place tower like this. Think again, blend in with the surroundings. Also, prices will be out of reach.

By Evie Taylor

I like the design but it will not attract the rents or sales receipt in Stockport to make this viable.

By Anonymous

This is interesting in that it moves away from the apartment “design by spreadsheet” approach that prevails at the moment; however, it design is labyrinthinely complicated to the point where one of both of the following will happen…it will be value engineered to the point where it will not be a recognisable version of consented scheme and / it will simply not appraise and be unviable.
A couple of examples….the scheme uses handmade very long bricks…mega expensive, more Mayfair than Stockport and look at the internal planning: bedrooms that can’t accommodate wardrobes. I could go one, but you get my point. I worry that this is the kind of design that give architects a bad name.

By anonymous

I ask when development goes ahead that consideration is taken in allowing a green space, trees and plants aid to the environment .

By Anne